I’ve migrated…

Featured

I’ve migrated this blog to a so called self-hosted site - and you’ve reached the new improved version. If you find any glitches, or things missing, please let me know!

A list of workshops held at my purpose-built studio is available here.
Connect to me at The Studio on Facebook by clicking here.

New benefits:

  • Pinterest hover buttons added – quicker way to add an image to Pinterest – hold your cursor over an image and then click on the Pin it button that pops up in the top left. Most images should work.
  • Sidebar added to single page posts – making it easier for those directly linking to a post to navigate round the rest of the blog and also to see the subscribe options.
  • Continuous scrolling on home page – as you get to the bottom of the page, more posts will load, just like a Facebook newsfeed.
  • Added related posts feed – at the bottom of individual posts, including pictures, so that you can more easily find inspiration.
  • Updated font - to make text more readable on screen.
  • Custom page header images - just because I can and it looks pretty ;)
  • Instant Digital Download capability – now you can get instant access to digital downloads, no more time zone issues or waiting for me to send a link
  • New Workshop Calendar added to side bar – just click on the title to go to the workshop information and booking page.
  • Google AdSense advertising added – to support hosting costs – please let me know if you find any inappropriate adverts!


The Big Dome Card (for Creative Expressions)

NB-140731July’s a five Wednesday month – so you get a bonus card using this month’s stencil – once again a card made using the That Special Touch Art Deco Elements Mask. I’ve used several elements from the stencil to create this sparkling card, in combination with three of the Cosmic Shimmer Sparkling Texture Paste colours. It could just as well be a home decor piece as well :)

Continue reading

Brusho Paint Crystals are go!

Ever since I came across the name ‘Brusho’ and saw what Eileen Goodwin had done with them, I just had to have a play! For the unfamiliar, Brusho paints are water-soluble crystals of glorious colour which can be sprinkled onto a wet surface, or scattered dry and then spritzed, or indeed just mixed with water to make a watercolour paint. These are three cards I made this evening, on my first journey with the starter kit. The quotes are courtesy of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous. For the first two, I stamped over and embossed with white embossing powder. For the last, I tried the faux batik approach, which I was less happy with, in part due to the wrinkled watercolour paper I was using – but that sort of goes with the sentiment of the card! And I love the effect, definitely on my to-play-with-more list!


Card Candi Flowers (for Craftwork Cards)

Collection_ws

It was a special Craftathon Champion Deal for Craftwork Cards yesterday on Create and Craft, and I was asked as part of their design team to come up with new ways of using Candi as the deal included over 5000 pieces of delicious Candi. In a fit of enthusiasm, I also filmed a tutorial video that’s also on their YouTube channel.

Here are the close up of the step-by-step cards that Julie was showing on TV:

PinchRose_w

The Pinch Petal Rose

PinchTwist_w

The Pinch & Twist Flower

Propeller_w

The Propeller Flower

RollUp_w

The Roll Up Daisy

Shuttlecock_w

The Shuttlecock Flower

StarofDavid_w

The Star of David Flower

 


Rich Plum Elements (for Creative Expressions)

Rich Plum Elements I’m still working with the That Special Touch Art Deco Elements stencil for this week’s project. I’ve used the Cosmic Shimmer Rich Plum Sparkling Texture Paste, with the Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Plum Pearlescent PVA for the Watts-dots and finally mounted it all on Rich Plum card stock. Gorgeous, even though I do say so myself! Continue reading

Christmas Comes Early (for Craftwork Cards)

It’s another of my design team posts over at Craftwork Cards Blog today. Here’s a clickable gallery of the makes, and instructions are over at their blog.

 


Simply Stenciled Card (for Creative Expressions)

Simply Stenciled

I’m still playing with the stencils/masks from That Special Touch for my card this week – it’s the 6×6″ Art Deco Elements again. I wanted to make a classic white on kraft colour combo, and after a bit of trial and error, discovered that the Perfect Medium pad isn’t soft enough to get into the finer bits of the stencil. That’s where a piece of Cut ‘n’ Dry foam came in handy. I’ve also made a video of the process – I’m a bit rusty on the commentary side of things, my apologies. I’d love to know if you find the ‘live’ demonstration helpful.

And for the British spelling purists, this is also a stencilled card.

Continue reading

St Nicholas Collection/House Shadow Box (for Jones Crafts)

Christmas for crafters starts soon enough, but for distributors and sample makers, it starts even earlier! This is the first of many I have been working on to be published – and is a little late as well. I blame the drying time… Anyway, enough of that, here’s Kaisercraft’s St Nicholas Collection of papers and stickers, their wooden snowflakes and laser cut tree, and House Shadow Box in a festive assemblage:

House Shadow Box

It’s a cracking set of double sided papers, some of which are designed to be backgrounds, others are vintage postcards and quotes ideal for cutting up and making into boxes, mounts and individual items for layouts. Others form great backgrounds for shadow boxes. The House itself is 30cm square with the roof on top and is pre-cut MDF which is easy to assemble. Here’s a gallery of close ups:

Other things you might need: Cosmic Shimmer Crystal PVA, Glossy Accents, Walnut Stain/Fired Brick/Peeled Paint Distress Inks to colour edges, Kaisercolor Raw Umber acrylic paint, Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue, and Cosmic Shimmer Polished Silk Glitters for the tree. Oh, and lots of patience for all the cutting out!